Havelock's Joyner named top recruit in nation for 2016

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 05:56 PM.

“We all feed off each other here at Havelock and as a defense. That’s why we work so hard and get better every day.”

Joyner tallied 108 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks last season, adding two interceptions and three fumble recoveries. He had six tackles and half a sack along with two pass breakups as the Rams beat Concord 21-13 in the 3A state championship game.

Joyner attended the Under Armour Five-Star Challenge camp last weekend in Baltimore, Md., which is for high school athletes with a five-star recruiting rating.

“It was fun and I did pretty good once I got used to the camp and settled in,” Joyner said. “I am just trying to continue to get better and strive for winning the rest of high school.”

While Joyner is now the No. 1 rising junior football player in the nation, according to rankings by Scout.com, he’d be the last one to tell you.

“I just try not to talk about it and when I do talk about it - make small talk,” he said. “I go to camps, show my talents to people that don’t always get to see me play, and like I said, continue improving.”

Joyner has two high school seasons remaining. He has never lost a high school game in which he has been on the field.

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